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Meet Suzanne

About Grace & Grind

Welcome to Grace and Grind!

 

Career and Lifestyle services for

individuals and organisations...

Grace & Grind is a highly solutions focused style of offering that involves working with you 1:1 to firstly uncover what it is you are trying to achieve and then to identify concrete steps that you can take to achieve your career and life objectives.

We will work together to get to the heart of what the pathway is that you passionately want to follow for yourself. This includes stripping away other people's expectations that might be weighing on you or even past decisions that are still causing you to second guess your current career & life choices.

 

But just to be clear, we aren't counsellors, so our role does NOT include diving deep into your past personal issues, or trying to understand your behaviours and life patterns. Where someone may want to work on their life history and “why” they are in their present situation they would likely be better suited to counselling.

Outcomes....

 

After a HR, leadership, personal branding or wellness program you can expect to walk away with any number of outcomes including clarity, confidence, insight, encouragement and inspiration.

Of course making any significant change in your life can also create a certain amount of anxiety, fear and vulnerability, and if clients have any of these emotions often the experience will involve unwrapping those emotions so you can better understand how these factors may be blocking you from moving forwards.

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Career & Lifestyle Services...

SUZANNE WILLIAMS
CAREER & LIFESTYLE COACH
SUZANNE WILLIAMS
CAREER & LIFESTYLE COACH
SUZANNE WILLIAMS
CAREER & LIFESTYLE COACH

Hi! I’m Suzanne Williams (or Suz, as I prefer to be called!) Director of Grace and Grind and a HR, Leadership, Personal Branding & Wellness expert. I am a certified Executive Coach, Human Resource specialist and Yoga Teacher.

What brought me here...

Growing up I had a huge desire to work with people and a passion for health sciences, although I wasn’t sure what

pathway to follow. I studied speech pathology with the intention

of working with adults with traumatic injuries and rehabilitating them back to a better life. As a young student this was emotionally exhausting for me and I eventually learnt this wasn’t my calling and I subsequently ‘fell’ into a Human Resource career thinking this would still fulfil my need to help and support people.

Fast forward many years in a HR career, coaching executives, leading teams and navigating the corporate jungle and my passions have brought me back to what I believe are my true roots. My instincts in my youth were right, and I know I do love to support and guide others in their careers, leadership, empowerment, health and wellbeing as well as helping people to better themselves generally.

I believe...

  • that we are all the masters of our own destiny and we have choices in life.

  • A healthy mind, body and soul is paramount.

  • that too many people live in fear and don’t ask for what they want or stand up and value their own needs.

  • in saying 'no'... in this modern world we can’t possibly do everything and be everything to everyone.

  • in the power of presence, mindfulness and gratitude.

  • that everyone deserves respect and should be honoured for who they truly are. Each and every person has something unique to bring to this world.

  • that sometimes we can take ourselves too seriously. Life is too short not to have fun, make jokes and laugh at ourselves!

Fun facts...

  • I thrive on keeping fit and being healthy. I just can’t get enough yoga, functional training, hiking, bootcamps and I love being active in general.

  • I’m a tea over coffee girl every day of the week.

  • I am obsessed with dogs! I have a beautiful and super sooky Rhodesian Ridgeback X rescue puppy named Rogue - she's the spitting image of Scooby Doo!

  • The outdoors energises and enlivens me. Whether it be hiking in a rainforest, lazing on a beach or discovering new cities.

  • I’m petrified of snakes and lizards.

  • I have an amazing supportive loving husband that I am eternally grateful for everyday.

  • I love nothing more than a weekend wine and dinner with friends

 

The nitty gritty (my qualifications)....

  • Bachelor Business Management (Human Resources & Industrial Relations) - University of Queensland

  • Life Coaching - BY Academy Melbourne

  • Level 1 Executive Coaching - Institute of Executive Coaching & Leadership (IECL)

  • 200hr Yoga Teacher Training - Yoga 213 Melbourne

  • Strategic Planning - University of Sydney

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"I worked with Suzanne for about 4 months when my career had hit a stand-still and I wasn't sure where to go next. She helped me realise my goals and values in my career and in my lifestyle.

Suzanne is absolutely lovely and really makes you do the work - she's not here to just give you the answers! I loved working with her and recommend her to anyone needing clarity over their next move."

ALYCE APPELGREN

What others say about me...

“Suz was the anchor speaker at the inaugural DARE TO DREAM event for young women (15-18 years of age). She was engaging, on brief and an absolute delight to work with.

 

Suz presented tangible strategies that the girls could immediately implement into their life. She also provided long term strategies that might influence their choices when it comes to major decisions about future pathways.

 

I'm so grateful that Suz was part of the Dream Team. I loved working with her and wouldn't hesitate in recommending her."

 

Kylie Wharton

Founder, It Starts With Us Events 

“Suz was the anchor speaker at the inaugural DARE TO DREAM event for young women (15-18 years of age). She was engaging, on brief and an absolute delight to work with.

 

Suz presented tangible strategies that the girls could immediately implement into their life. She also provided long term strategies that might influence their choices when it comes to major decisions about future pathways.

 

I'm so grateful that Suz was part of the Dream Team. I loved working with her and wouldn't hesitate in recommending her."

 

Kylie Wharton

Founder, It Starts With Us Events 

“After unfortunate circumstances in my last role, I had to leave suddenly and so found myself urgently looking for work. I felt lost and stressed! This lead me to doing the 2 week 'Get it done' option with Suzanne.

 

With this program Suzanne did her homework on my skill set and matched it to relevant job vacancies. She then gave me very helpful advice on how to set out my cover letter and CV to put me in a much more favourable position to get the role. It gave me hope in a stressful time and I learnt so much about why job prospects were not calling me for an interview.

 

Thank you so much Suzanne. A truly kind and inspiring coach. 100% looking to work with Suzanne again in the future."

 

Rebecca Lea Djuric

Health & Wellbeing Advocate

“I knew that Suz could provide me with different perspectives and help give me clarity so that I could make a well thought out and informed decision regarding my career.

I needed someone who was going to be able to help me navigate a current career challenge. Suz had the right expertise and experience to work through this with me and give me an unbiased view.

After our time together, I not only knew what I was going to do, but I could clearly articulate why. Suz is friendly while keeping focused on the challenge at hand which makes working with her both fun and fruitful."

 

Samantha Rush
Executive Manager

"If you are looking for someone who is 100% approachable, has a genuine desire to bring out the best in you and provide you with honest and constructive guidance, then Suz is the one for you!

Recently I worked with Suz as I was facing a really challenging situation at work where I needed both coaching support and HR advice to work this through

Suz was great in not only helping me understand what should occur but also helping me to work through how I could position a discussion to set myself up for success. After working with Suz I felt fully prepared for the discussion and she gave me the confidence to know I had all the facts and ways to approach the situation to reach the desired outcome, which I achieved.

Suz has the ability to quickly build rapport and make you feel at ease, which also helps to build a level of trust. You can tell she is sincere and has your best interests in mind, although she isn’t afraid to give you an answer or ask a question you might not want to hear.  You know when she asks questions or provides advice, it is considered and provides a different perspective on how you might see the situation.

Suz is really good at following up with you to see how the situation worked out or if you tried something new, what the result was.  She is definitely passionate about helping people further build their capability or build confidence in their ability, but she is also willing to have the tough conversations with you to get there.

I found Suz’s support to be excellent and I would highly recommend her as a coach or to provide HR advice!

Leena Lim

Diversity and Inclusion Manager

"I would describe Suz’s approach as energetic, encouraging measured and holistic. When working with Suz on my career development I found her to be personable and authentic while taking a ‘no-nonsense’ approach when it comes to getting to the heart of an issue. Suz brings varied perspectives together, applying different lenses and helping to provide well rounded solutions.

Suz is always prepared to explore and implement creative solutions while still being able to understand and focus on the big picture for the individual that she is working with.

One of Suz’s main strengths is being able to balance professionalism and fun and the process of being helped by her is dynamic and enjoyable.

 

If you are looking for someone with confidence in you and in others than you most certainly feel this shine through when you work with Suz!”

 

Florence Jordan
Facilitator

CAREER & LIFESTYLE COACHING FOR INDIVIDUALS AND CORPORATE SERVICES